The Complete Nondramatic Poetry

The Complete Nondramatic Poetry

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A discussion of Shakespeare's life accompanies a collection of his sonnets and narrative poems, highlighted by critical notes and scholarly comments.
Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, [2008]
Edition: 2nd rev. ed
ISBN: 9780451530899
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Sha
Characteristics: xxxiii, 414 p. ; 18 cm


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Nov 10, 2013

I much prefer the sonnets that are addressed to the fair youth, (1-126), to those addressed to the dark lady. They are very beautiful and there are a far more of them. Sonnet 57, (Being Your Slave), is my favorite. Captain Kirk quotes it while crawling on the floor with a wreath on his head in Star Trek the Original Series. That's one of the reasons why I read this book. I would definitely recommend this book or at least the sonnets part of it as I didn't read the rest, having only borrowed it for the sonnets.


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Nov 10, 2013

Being your slave, what should I do but tend
Upon the hours and times of your desire?
I have no precious time at all to spend,
Nor services to do, till you require.
Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour
Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you,
Nor think the bitterness of absence sour
When you have bid your servant once adieu;
Nor dare I question with my jealous thought
Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,
But, like a sad slave, stay and think of nought
Save, where you are how happy you make those.
So true a fool is love that in your will,
Though you do any thing, he thinks no ill.


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